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How to Select New Countertops

Kitchen countertops are an essential element to the function and decor of the room. When doing a complete renovation of the kitchen, homeowners can select the countertop of their dreams, and then select the flooring, wall colors, cabinets, and appliances to match. Replacing just the countertops requires a bit more thought because they will have to look great with the existing elements of the kitchen. Spending money on a replacement counter that clashes with the cabinets or flooring, will take away from the beauty of the kitchen.

Homeowners can take pictures of the flooring, cabinets, appliances, and wall colors so they can bring them to a showroom. That will allow them to see how the colors will blend with the selected countertop. Some materials, such as natural stone will have subtle variations in color and texture that will not show up on a computer screen. If the goal is to select granite countertops, seeing the actual slab is crucial.

The new counters also have to enhance the functionality of the space, so considering the needs is another aspect to selecting new countertops. If the family enjoys cooking, for example, countertops have to be durable and easy to clean to avoid damage, or bacteria growth. While granite countertops are durable and resistant to chipping and cracking, they are a porous material. That means acidic substances, such as pickle or citrus juices; and dark substances, such as wine and coffee, can cause etching and staining in the surface. Crafting with glue guns or welding on the surface may also cause damage. There is an alternative to real granite marble countertops that can provide the look of natural stone with extra resistance and durability. Engineered stone is comprised of approximately ninety-three percent quartz and seven percent polymer resin. That makes it easier to maintain, more sanitary, and available in more colors.

Another thing to consider is the lighting in the kitchen. A room that has plenty of natural light can handle a darker color for granite or quartz countertops. One small window in the kitchen may be better suited to a lighter color. That will brighten up the room, and not add to any shadows. Bright artificial light may allow a dark color, but that would also depend on the other elements in the room. White appliances, for example, can help brighten a room, where metal or black appliances will not make the room appear bigger or brighter. Budget is also a consideration. Some materials, such as vinyl, laminates, or wood may cost less initially, the maintenance, or frequent replacement costs will not make those options cost-effective over time.